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Cameo with Orestes, seated, and his friend Pylades

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White on dark brown layered onyx. Cameo, in modern gold setting. Orestes is seated, resting his bowed head on his right hand, his left arm dropped on his left thigh with the half-closed hand hanging listlessly by his knee. To the left of his legs, there is part of a stone structure in courses,...

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According to J. D. Beazley, The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems, no.132: said to have been found by a peasant from the Roman Campagna and purchased by Cardinal Albani; presented by Cardinal Albani to Countess Cheroffini; sold by her family to Monsignor Ferretti; about 1820: Vincenzo Natti Collection; sold by Vincenzo Natti to M. de S.; by 1907: with Edward Perry Warren (purchased from Rollin and Feuardent in 1907); April 7, 1921: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 30,000.00 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 21.1193-21.1221)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Roman, Republican Period or Neo Classical, 1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 132 (1920; 2002, additional published references).


Overall: 0.6 x 2.4 x 2.9 cm (1/4 x 15/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos